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in the white house knew about irs actions before getting the heads up on the inspector general report last month, are you absolutely sure of that? >> that's what we looked at. that's the first we heard of it. as has been said, the secretary was made aware as the investigation was beginning. no one in the white house was aware. what we actually knew, there was an investigation coming to a conclusion. not that we knew the results. >> until wednesday. last june, the deputy treasury secretary is told, as far as you know, he did not tell his boss treasury secretary tim geithner and hi didn't tell the white house? >> that's correct. >> from the white house, to irs, or treasury, rob portman is coming up on the program and he's written a letter to president obama, wanting to know what if any private pressure was exerted by the white house or treasury department political appointees on the irs regarding the standards for approving monitoring tax-exempt organizations. particularly 501 c groups. >> take the word of the independent inspector general who said he found no evidence from outside the irs.
fire because treasury department officials were told of the irs investigation a year ago. but tonight, we have learned that some republican members of congress were also told back then. reena ninan joining us from the white house. reena, good evening. >> reporter: the white house officials were first made aware of the irs probe in late april. but insisted president obama wasn't informed then. instead, learning about it when the story broke in the media. white house aide dan pfeiffer says no orders were given to the irs to go after tea party groups. >> bottom line, no communication as far as you know from the white house, to the irs, about this targeting? >> no. absolutely not. whether it's legal or illegal, is not important to the fact that the conduct of the matter. we have to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: senior treasury officials learned of the investigation last year and so did republicans. the chair of the house oversight committee knew of the probe in june. and asked what would be in an irs inspector general's report. >> i knew when we made the allegations a ye
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